This past weekend was heaven, am I right, or am I right? The warm weather and clear skies made it the perfect weekend to get outside—even if you have to dodge throngs of Cherry Blossom tourists like I did.
Since DC isn’t the most car-friendly city, the metro doesn’t run as often on weekends, and Tidal Basin revelers usually aren’t the fastest walkers, sometimes—okay, most times—a bike is the best way to get around.
So what better bike is there for me than the Pure City Cycles Abbey Bike? I mean, y’all, the wheels literally embody A Touch of Teal. But whether or not teal wheels are your thing, Pure City Cycles has a bike that fits your style and your town—all that’s really missing is you. Built around classic frames, these bikes truly are the ultimate ‘city cycles’.
(Even though that sounds a tad sales-y, I promise I wasn’t told to say that! It’s just the straight up truth—and the compliments I receive when riding this bad boy around town really back it up.)
And to alleviate all the fears of you motherly types out there—hi, Mom!—when I am cruising through town I always wear a helmet! DC drivers aren’t the best at sharing the roads, so it’s important to be safe, not just stylish.
Now, I don’t know about you, but the last time I owned a bike I was about 14 years old. It was a purple number I rode around my flat, suburban neighborhood or to visit my friend’s houses nearby.
(Prior to that I totally owned the Spice Girls bike, complete with a pre-programmed radio of all their biggest hits. That bike definitely earned me a lot of street cred in the second grade, but I digress.)
So for all intents and purposes, I really hadn’t ridden a bike in a decade. Because of my biking hiatus, when I went to pick up my Pure City Abbey from the bike shop that assembled it for me, I was definitely a little nervous about riding it home. I even seriously considered the outrageous plan of getting an Uber XL and throwing it in the back, until I realized the idiom, “like riding a bike,” exists for a reason.
And you know what?
The idiom is so true—and I loved every minute of my two mile bike ride home! So much so that I am already excited about all the neighborhoods I can explore now that the weather makes a bike ride a joyful activity, and not one where I am constantly wishing I had a ski mask.
I am still trying to talk my Dad into bringing my bike down to our family vacation on Ocean Isle Beach this summer, but in the meantime, I’m sure I will be cruising along the GW Parkway to get a fabulous view of the DC Monuments or riding over into Georgetown to get my sugar fix at Baked and Wired.
So if you’re in DC and see a girl on a bike with teal-rimmed wheels ringing this bell, it’s probably best to get out of the way!
I was never good at stopping as a kid—and some things—like riding a bike—never change.
Photos by Lisa Chiu
Thank you to Pure City Cycles for sponsoring this post and for supporting the brands that keep A Touch of Teal’s doors open!